Carers' centres

Last updated: 17 October 2017

Carers' centres are independent charities that offer practical support, advice and information for you as carer in your local area – either by phone, drop-in or outreach surgeries.

Find a carers' centre

Your GP, district nurse, health visitor or social worker can put you in touch with a carers' centre. You don't need to be referred – you can just drop in during opening hours.

Visit the Carers Trust website to see what carers' centres and other local support can be found near you.

What help can I get at a carers' centre?

Carers' centres can provide you with:

  • information and advice – on things like benefits, respite and support services, advocacy, carers' assessments, aids and adaptions

  • emotional support – you can talk with trained staff, volunteers and other carers who understand your situation

  • community consultation – by giving carers a unified voice to have an impact on local, regional and national decision-making

  • activities for yourself – including time out from caring, breaks, relaxation therapies, and the opportunity to enjoy your own social life

Your local carers' centre may also provide training on subjects like:

  • continence care
  • finding your way around the care system
  • protecting yourself from harm, stress or depression
  • finding time and space for yourself
  • dealing with challenging behaviour
  • planning for the future
  • financial planning

Further information

  • Carers Scotland gives information on carers' rights and advice on practical and financial matters.

  • Carers Trust Scotland provides a network of support centres, including projects to help young carers.

  • MECOPP Carers Centre provides services to black and minority ethnic carers and communities.